Things I didn’t do this Summer
First rule when you have finished a novel – don’t listen to advice. Second rule, don’t act on it.
Charles Robert Watts 1941 - 2021
James Campion 8.27.21
Watts did things in the Stones so miraculous that it was mostly overlooked for nearly six decades. Not overlooked as much as ignored.
What is the Allure of Glass?
Architects love the element of glass. It is both a strong and fragile material, yet it also has some exciting features that make buildings stand out from one another like never before.
How to Find Meaningful Work as a Writer
Indiana Lee 7.28.21
Keep in mind that you don’t have to box yourself into a certain set of beliefs.
Freelancing in Multiple Career Fields: What You Need To Know
Indiana Lee 7.7.21
Just because you’ve primarily focused on writing, that doesn’t mean you can’t bolster your income with photography, graphic design, or editing.
Eric Adams needs to be the next Mayor of New York City - James Campion 7.4.21
I need to state first for the record, if I haven’t already over the nearly quarter century I have written this column, that I love New York City more than almost anything. Honestly ...
When Biafra Finally Comes 6/21/21
Chief Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe
The bloodletting on the streets of Imo State must be stopped forthwith, and a new narrative engendered regarding the Biafra conflict.
Climate Fiction Rules
Sam Hawksmoor 6.1.21
Flood, famine, storms, methane, species extinction, humanity at risk ... these are the tools of writers everywhere now. If you're not writing about the climate, you're not living in the real world.
Roadblocks Freelancers Encounter when Purchasing a Home
Indiana Lee 5.30.21
There are quite a few hurdles that you’re going to have to overcome on your way to homeownership
Vaccines, CDC, & The Natural Order of Things - James Campion 5.15.21
So, I’m halfway home. The wife and I got the first Moderna shot a few weeks ago. On the twenty-seventh day of May 2021, we shall be vaccinated. Freedom to enjoy life again beckons...
How to Design a Productive Home Office Space When You Have Roommates
While remote work was already becoming more popular, the pandemic caused a sudden “boom” in work-from-home employees.
5 Ways to Become a Great Writer
To become a great writer, you must embrace the power of imagination.
Take A Deep Breath
Murli Menon 5.3.21
Stess levels are constantly increasing as recent events have revealed. When there is mass fear fuelled by external events, inner balance gets lost.Our Monster Fixation
What Godzilla vs. Kong Tells Us About Our Times
There's No Place Like Grandma's Home
“How you doin’, suga’?” She inquires as I plop a kiss on her cheek, her sweet voice oozing over me like golden rivers of honey. As the phrase enters my ears, I’m flooded with waters of comfort and belonging, belonging like the way syrup pools over pancakes.
How Can a Writer Find Inspiration When Writing In Their Home?
As a writer, you may lack inspiration at times. Fortunately, there are different ways to get the inspiration that you need to get you going.
Opportunities Presented by Self-Driving Cars for Digital Nomads
As remote work becomes the new normal, carmakers are also designing vehicles with built-in WiFi, workspaces, and all the tools that digital nomads need to thrive.
Walli F. Leff
When Covid-19 arrived in the U.S. life turned into a whole new ball game. Determined not to get sick or die from this vicious new virus or infect anybody else with it, my husband and I quickly adapted to the rules.
Wherever They Fit (and They Will)
My life one book at a time ...
Katie Robison 3.14.21
“Oh, so you’re a Navy Brat.”
How many times has this label landed on me? The speaker’s eyes always light up, as if it’s some great revelation.
Trapped in Bubblegum Pink
People say I shouldn’t be able to remember the accident so vividly, but I do.
About Writing a First Draft
Sam Hawksmoor 3.11.21
I have just finished the first draft of a new novel. Lockdown does wonders for the concentration, however this particular story started life quite a few years ago.
Improving Healthcare Accessibility for Digital Nomads
Indiana Lee 3.9.21
Having sufficient healthcare coverage is no longer a choice for Americans. If you don’t acquire health insurance, you may face significant financial penalties come tax time.
The Importance of Having a Dedicated Writing Space - Indiana Lee
From creativity to avoiding distractions, personalization to intense focus, there are many reasons to dedicate a specific environment to your writing.
Navigating 2021 Tax Season as a Freelancer
Take a deep breath and get organized
Observations on Things Learned During the Pandemic
We learned that every delivery would contain a surprise.
Observations on the Worst and Best of Times
Martin Green in California - January 1st 2021
I think us oldsters have a perspective on things that younger people may not
Knowledge Overload? - Learn to Filter - Sara Troy 3.1.21
There is so much information out there, that it is hard to know what we should hear and what to dismiss.
Remembering Barry Lopez
The author of Arctic Dreams dies at 75
How Telehealth Can Help Your Freelance Lifestyle
Telehealth is growing at a rapid pace, and freelancers are among those who stand to benefit the most.
5 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance While Working from Home
Structure and planning at home
The View From 90: Adventures in Fall
Martin Green takes stock of October to Early December as Trump loses and Vaccine wins
Climate Emergency Solutions
Why we need to fight to save our Planet
Helen Reddy at the County Fair
Helen Reddy died. I recently watched the new film, I Am Woman, and I learned more about her life and her music. Her death made me sad. I have been thinking about her lately.
The Importance of Writing from Experience
Mark Twain famously said to “write what you know.” ... it’s a good piece of advice to keep in mind
The European low-cost airlines -
how can they be so cheap to fly?
Will you miss Ryanair when it's gone?
Will The 737 Ever Get off the Ground Again?
The Causes/Issues of the Boeing 737 Max Crashes
5 Tips When You're Going From Freelance to Full Time
Essential Work Survival Tools
The Beauty of Cancel Culture
The Search for Real History - Of course, taking down statues or challenging their import is not the same as wiping out or rewriting history.
Time Management Skills for Writers
Writing consists of many things. It’s a way to record personal thoughts, communicate with the world, make a living, voice opinions, report facts — but above all, writing is a lifestyle.
Things that I think about when I water the hydrangeas. - Sam North
Is sudden retirement about to happen to you?
The Ant & The Grasshopper:
A Pandemic Fable
Martin Green - And the winner is ...
How Writing Is Good For Your Physical & Mental Health - Indiana Lee
Words are about more than just communicating with others; they’re about turning inward, connecting with your own mind, spirit, and body.
Simple Ways Writers Can Benefit from Technology
As a writer, everything starts with your hardware.
How Writers Can Utilize Marketing Tools To Expand Their Personal Brand
if you want to have your written voice heard, sooner or later you need to seek out the limelight.
In a Creative Rut? Some Exercises & Actions To Improve Your Writing
There are many ways to keep that creative spark alive and well
Habits for Writers to Embrace in the Time of Social Distancing
How safe is your workspace? How clean is your immediate environment? How can a writer stay healthy while still focusing on your work?
'Little Richard' Wayne Penniman
1932 - 2020
Black. Gay. Primitive. Showbiz. Inventive. Influential. Penitent. Little Richard was all of these.
Lockdown at 90:
Martin Green's lockdown diary
I wrote at the end of March that I wondered what the next month would bring. The answer was that it brought a full-blown pandemic upon the world and to the United States.
Lockdown at 90
Martin Green 4.13.20
It had been three weeks since the governor of our state, California, had ordered that, first oldsters like me, and then everyone, choose your phrase--- shelter in place, self-isolate, stay home.
Adam Schlesinger - 1967-2020
Where do you start to encapsulate an artist who was everywhere and nowhere?
Living with a Liar: My Experience with Dyslexia
Learning how to work with, instead of against, my trickster, dyslexia
Deja Vu all over again
Reflections on imagining a pandemic
A Hapa in Hawaii
For the first time in my life, I was with kids who, despite our differences, shared the same cultural experiences.
Nonprofit Management & Social Media Marketing Tips - Indiana Lee 3.3.20
There are plenty of ways to go about nonprofit marketing in an effective, above-board manner.
A boyhood in Italy - There were three other Catholic priests who were important in my childhood ...
No Dancing in the Aisle on this Bus
Michael Chacko Daniels 2.24.20
“Seniors, wait till the bus stops before you get up to get off; every 19 minutes a senior dies in America from a fall,” the driver says.
James Campion 1.17.20
A Guide For Our Children
...they were granted immunity to come clean. They did. They told MLB that they all cheated, all season, and during the playoffs.
The Day My Father Died
James Campion + Readers Comments
I will always remember. It was sunny. A Saturday. Crisp autumn temperatures. Three days after his eighty-first birthday. My brother called from North Carolina. It was time.
Cruise LLAs and TGHs
Life's Little Annoyances and Things Guaranteed to Happen when Cruising at Sea
The Boeing 737 MAX
One year on from the fated flight of Oct 29th 2018
...journalistic photographs can and have wielded awesome power over society. But what of the motives of the photographers ...
Open Letter To My Wife IV
James Campion 6.13.19
Two months after that you moved into my hovel and transformed a boy into a man and a mostly directionless heart into one with a laser beam focus.
Subject: Worst Vacation Ever
From: Allen Cook 6.5.19
It was a vacation from hell. It even started bad ...
Saying goodbye to Hotel Taselotzin - Year after year I lead volunteer trips to attempt to do some good in the world.
Esclave in Utero
A Users Guide to Life After Roe v Wade Goes Down - Women’s bodies will affectively be considered slaves to the state. Abortion will result in jail time.
Observations on Life and Surviving it
Celeste says she’s in touch with my guardian angel and can give me a tarot reading
Sydney Moreano - living with diabetes
A medical timeout in volleyball is just three minutes. And unless a player’s injury is painstakingly obvious like a broken ankle, most referees do a lengthy interrogation to find out if the timeout is medically necessary.
Shades of Psychedelia
It is often said that if you can remember the 1960’s you probably weren’t there. This I suppose means that for some, the whole or part of the decade was lost in a blur of drugs, promiscuity, pop music and peace demonstrations.
The Attempted Murder of the Planet & The Merry Human Virus
James Campion on Earth Day April 22nd
We mean well, or we think we do – but we still merrily burn fossil fuels and use plastic all over the joint and eat animals who are filling the ozone with methane.
Seduced: Max and I Go to the Rose Bowl
Once Washington’s spot in the game was assured, I knew what I’d hear: “We should go,” my son Max said. “Who knows if we’ll get a chance again?”
The Minivan Circle of Life
Vans -- my stepfather has always driven minivans. They - much like him - were old and colossal with unsolvable issues he didn’t care enough about to fix.
The Mueller Report & Me
...maybe there were two reports as Fox and CNN seemed to be reporting on different things.
On the subject of pain
For the last year I have been struggling to write a novel about pain. The choice of subject was influenced by a sustained attack of fibromyalgia
Cablevision Monopoly & The Moral Imperative Or…The Death of Choice in The Cyber Age 3.25.19
if we want access to the Internet – let that read, phones, web service, television, ANYTHING… we need to use Cablevision.
Why Peace Will Forever Elude Us
Although the guises may differ, people who study history are no less doomed to repeat it than those who don’t.
International Womens' Day Celebration
Adewale T Akande
Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate For Change - 'Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do'
Five Ceilings and a Damp Course
This is the unromantic story of a downsizer who bought a house which promptly fell on his head.
Today, in the Holy Roman Empire
The Emperors of Rome loved to build stuff. They built bridges across rivers, so they could invade and conquer whoever was on the other side. And they built walls to keep out those peoples they hadn’t conquered just yet.
Get Qualified in the Mental Health Economy
Women in Bondage
James Campion 9.4.21
Supreme Court Ignores Unconstitutional Bans on Abortion in Texas, Thus Enslaving Women’s Bodies at the Behest of the State
Afghanistan - The Big Fail
James Campion 8.20.21
Success has many fathers; failure is an orphan.
- Italian proverb
James Campion 8.11.21
To say the very least, this has been a strange summer for the governors of four of our biggest states: California, Florida, New York and Texas.
Republican About-Face on Vaccines Explained
James Campion 7.23.21
Nearly seven out of ten Republicans refuse to be vaccinated. These are mostly the voter base of the party – white and uneducated, or what is left of this cult. Do the math.
The Overrated Crime Narrative
James Campion 7.10.21
Backlash To Shitty Policing & Right-Wing Paranoia Fuels Myth
The Joe Biden Bipartisan Fantasy
James Campion 6.14.21
& The Waning Progressive Patience - neither party has any desire, or political motivation, to compromise or even reluctantly work together for some of the most important measures in front of us
The Not-So Curious Case of Liz Cheney
Wyoming Congresswoman at The GOP Fault LineBiden at the Century Mark
The First 100 Days in Our National Recovery
The key element of Biden’s first 100 days is his restocking the business of government – the gutted state department, the eviscerated diplomacy tract, politicized justice department, embattled intelligence community ...
Low Bar Anomaly
Where We Are After Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict
This is as cold-blooded and open-and-shut case as you can get, irrespective of race or civic duty. This was murder
America: The Violence Problem
James Campion 4.19.21
History, Legacy, Inhumanity & Stupidity -We are a nation forged in blood. Violence is our thing. America, as stated here time and again, is the great human experiment.
Let's Talk Filibuster
This is the fun time in American politics. The gloves are off. And when the gloves come off, the real fighting begins.
Andrew Cuomo On The Brink
James Campion 3.13.21
N.Y. Governor Clings to Power in Doomland - The Me Too movement is now calling the shots in the Democratic Party, and what is considered “Locker Room Humor” or “Boys Being Boys” in Republican circles is anathema around these parts.
The Politics of Money
James Campion 3.05.21
The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill
– A Perspective
People are still hurting. Businesses, even if opened in states like Texas and Florida, have already endured heartache and will be courting wary customers whose trust in politicians is shaken. Can you blame them?
The Lone Star State Disaster
James Campion 2.19.21
Rugged Individualism Meets God’s Wrath & Loses - Texas has a plan: Do Not Have Anything To Do With Anything Beyond Our Borders. And that plan works for them, until it doesn’t, and now it isn’t.
The Real Victims of 'THE BIG LIE'.
James Campion 2.12.21
Members of Cult Terrorists Pay the Price for Political Theater
Being suckered or brainwashed or riled up by the ravings of a megalomaniac is as common a human trait as love, jealousy, fear, and hate. It is baked into our DNA
The Great Voter Migration
The Future of Southern Politics
The Devil You Know is perhaps the most important political theory book of the past two decades. It summarizes the foundation of the Black voter explosion that helped culminated in over eighty million votes for President Joe Biden
The New Guy
Joe Biden’s Bid to Exorcise Bad Faith Politics - A few minutes after the nifty “unity” speech, Biden went to work ...
To Purge or Not to Purge
James Campion 1.15.21
This is Mitch McConnell’s Dilemma
The Final Days of Donald Trump
MAGA will forever stand for Terrorism. Racism. Fascism. Destruction
Looking Forward to 2021?
What's your plan for the year ahead?
Legal Weed New Jersey
James Campion 12.19.20
It was the will of the people, who voted two-to-on on November 3 to amend the state constitution and make weed legal.
Explaining The Trump Coup & GOP Terrorism
This is an actual event that is happening in the United States of America, today, as I write this – not Venezuela or Cuba or Russia or Iran or North Korea, or Germany in 1933. America. Now.
How Did It All Start - Spanish Politics 101
Freedom's light goes out in Spain
The Final Reckoning of an American Enemy
Donald Trump Ramps Up His Exit Destruction
The Predicable Outcome of the 2020 Election
After All, Things Pretty Much Went According to Plan - Seriously. Is anyone surprised at the outcome of this election. Really?
Donald Trump Is Finished
James Campion 11.7.20
Fascist Game Show Has Been Cancelled
Resitance Is Legion
James Campion 10.31.20
This is the time for that Voice. One like no other. This is the moment to stand against the tide of authoritarian madness...
Spain drifts towards Venezuelan Rules
The Forty-Year Political Cycle dooms Spain
James Campion 10.24.20
The Issue That Makes Donald Trump An Enemy of The State -
He should not be president, he should be in prison.
Senior Citizen Exodus
The Final Bell Tolls for Trump & Republicans
Donald Trump trails seniors nationally by 20 points! No Republican candidate has failed to capture this most vital voting block in my lifetime; not even Gerald Ford
The Predicatable Grand Pivot
Doomed Republicans Begin Scurrying Off the Sinking Trump Ship - Trump is finished. And the rats are abandoning ship. Fast.
The Week Trump Got Covid-19
When Poetic Justice Makes It’s 2020 Presidential Election Appearance - a hilariously immaculate example of the cruel dynamics found in the universal code of karma
The law of Democratic Memory seeks to obliterate history
R.I.P. Women's Rights, Healthcare, Reform
The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Heralds the End of Progressivism
Make no mistake the very idea of a progressive moment ended the moment Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stopped breathing.
James Campion 9.18.20
Trump Campaign is Dead Broke and Headed for Defeat - Trump took his flaying on ABC because he is losing Pennsylvania, like he is losing Michigan and Wisconsin and also Arizona, and not as badly, but bad enough ...
Donald Trump's Gravest Sin
President Withholds Vital Info on Pandemic, Leading to 200,000 Dead - There is now a recording of the president of the United States admitting to Bob Woodward that he was fully aware of the deadly severity of Covid-19
Anguished Cry of the Wounded Banshee - James Campion
A Week in the Opening Political Death Throes of Donald J. Trump - Trump has taken his perpetual campaigning routine and ramped it up in a bizarre series of spastic flailing the likes of which the electorate has rarely seen... 9.9.20
This Is Not 2016
James Campion 8.22.20
A Stroll Through The Difference Four Years Make - Trump is the status quo ... The nation is suffering its worst economic collapse because of a deadly pandemic the president still does not admit is even happening.
The Kamala Harris Factor
Gratuitous, Strategic, Historic VP Choice
Forget Excuses, Ignore the Noise, Bring the Pain
Donald J. Trump has to go. Thus, I have spent and will continue to spend all of my energy in this space and beyond to help make that happen. So far, if the polls are to be believed, it is on its way to becoming reality.
Trump & Russia - The Last Chapter
James Campion 8.1.20
The weird, bizarre and dangerous history between the current president of the United States and Russia, specifically its tyrannical president Vladimir Putin, took another odd turn this week ...
Trump Police State
James Campion 7.24.20
The Final Vestige of a Fascist Game Show Host President
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I'm from the government and I'm here to help.’ - President Ronald Reagan, 8, 12, 86
Our government is now at war with us. We will win this war ...
The House is On Fire
Douse the Flames, Save the Property, Worry About Politics Later - The current president is presiding over a three-alarm fire. The entire country – domestic, health, economic, moral, legal and foreign affairs are a complete and utter disaster.
William Barr's Criminal Syndicate
The Systemic Anarchy of The Final Days of Trump - In the past year, Barr has flouted the very foundation of law because in the certain circles Barr and Trump are the law.
The Untouchable Triumvirate
Military, Religion, Police - as a democratic premise it is horrifying that these three institutions have been mostly above oversight or even simply questioning.
“PSYCHOPATH WITH A BIBLE”
James Campion 6.5.20
A Photo as Microcosm of a Weird, Dying Presidency
Odd. Staged. Cryptic. Grotesque. Defiant. Stoic. Vacant. The image is all of these and so much more.
Eric Garner Is George Floyd Is Murder
“I Can’t Breathe” Part II
The Political Implosion of Spain
James Skinner 22.05
Political Fallout from Covid Lockdown
Get Out There and Save The Day
Time for Americans to Risk Their Lives For the Good Ole U.S.A. - ... it’s time we save the idiot and the idiot’s country by putting our and our families’ lives at risk. Have a nice summer.
The World’s New Frenemy: Zoom
Zoom Life will be the new normal?
States' Rights Reversal in the Age of Madness
National Leadership Vacuum Pushes Us Through the Political Looking Glass - “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's gotta be. It's total.”
Trump is Failing Crisis Test
The president, this poor excuse for a human being, is failing. And it is costing us the very fabric of this country; morally and economically.
Accountability for the Prescription Drug Crisis:
Have Amends Been Made?
Across the country, individuals, lawmakers, and insurance companies alike are calling for accountability from pharmaceutical companies, in greater numbers.
How Much Longer?
James Campion 3.20.20
How long can we endure curfews? Restrictions? Isolation? - There is no America without money flowing freely. Freedom? This is what we call buying stuff.
Coronavirus: Donald Trump's Katrina
James Campion 3.13.20
To slap some lipstick on this pig, he put on a baseball cap and lied about everyone being able to get a test for it. Hardly anyone can be tested.
Epidemics and Modern Society
Indiana Lee 3.9.20
If our understanding and technology are so good, why do some diseases continue to pop up?
The Lazarus Week
Joe Biden Rises from Political Oblivion to Become Democratic Frontrunner in One Insane Week
James Campion 02.21.20
The Swift Erosion of Democracy in Living Color - The most formidable faction of our legislative branch has been severely compromised by fear and a lust for keeping power
The Bernie Problem 14.02.20
Democratic Primaries Kick Off with Chaos & Fear - Will the Youth Vote stick with him and come out in November?
James Campion 2.3.20
Another Element of Governing Where No One Wins - Impeachment is hard.
There have only been three in the nearly 244 years of this nation’s existence
James Campion 1.10.20
Welcome to the New Age of Isolation, Apathy & Defeat
Seems like most of this presidency’s maneuvers are knee-jerk, ad-hoc, half-ass WTF kinds of things that end up in ranting tweets and Nuremburg type rallies
The Iran Mistake
James Campion 1.3.20
Forget Impeachment, Crimes, Lying, Stupidity: We are at the brink of war with Iran. The executive branch is at war with Congress. The Senate and the House are at war. A game show host is in charge of all this. - Welcome to 2020.
Not All Republicans Are For Trump
James Campion + Readers Responses
Mass Exodus of GOP in Congress Tell a Different Tale -
Gordon Sondland - The Human Carpet Bomb
Trump Supporter & EU Ambassador Buries Everyone in Key Impeachment Testimony -
The Bill Taylor Angle
James Campion 11.15.19
How a Lifetime Ambassador Frames the Trump/Ukraine Scandal -
Another Fine Mess in Spain
James Skinner 16.11.19
Election gamble fails
Pedro Sanchez has no clear path to rule
GOP, The Rule or Law & The Wrong Side of History
Trump’s Guilt is Absolute, So Who Will (or Won’t) Do Something About It?
What indeed happens to a nation where there are those who see the crime, casually ignore it, play politics with it, and then systemically allow it?
James Campion 10.17.19
Trump’s Attack on American Interests in the Middle East Sets Up Next 9/11
Trump Doctrine: Cause an international crisis, like taking North Korea to the brink of war on Twitter, then capitulating with a deal that give a tyrant the store and claim victory.
Does Donald Trump Want To Be Impeached?
Yes or No - the reasons why the White House madness continues
Game Show Host + Presidency
= Impeachment - James Campion
History is a bitch and it has come calling for Donald J. Trump. - Well, of course. How else could this possibly end? It was only a matter of time that this abomination of a presidency would finally sink us into a constitutional crisis and wind up in the embarrassment of impeachment.
Hatred On Parade
The Rise of White Nationalism & the Ongoing Threat of Domestic Terrorism 8.16.19
+ Readers Responses 9.23.19
It has been clear from day-one that Donald Trump is working on some level of racial paranoia
The Woodstock Miracle & The Aging of Aquarius August 15th-18th 1969
During the weekend hours that passed in that field in Bethel, New York, the world got to see the best of the human spirit – not by conquest or violence, our favorite pastimes, but sharing, caring, singing and imbibing. Lots and lots of imbibing.
Tinsel Town Terror & The Demonizing of the Drug Culture
James Campion 8.2.19
One Night in Hollywood
In the wee hours on the morning of August 9, 1969 Charles Milles Manson slipped over the high steel black fencing of 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.
JULY 20, 1969
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing at 50 7.20.19
+ Readers Responses 7.29.19
From a six year-old’s perspective, this whole concept is kind of out there. So much so, I stand for an inordinate amount of time in front of our front stoop looking up into the illuminated night sky the evening of July 19 staring at it.